August 31, 2010

Porter-Cable QUIKJIG Pocket Hole Joinery System

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We've been a little surprised at Kreg's domination of the pocket hole marketplace. There are a few other models out there, but none from any of the big names and none which have gained a whole lot of traction with a wide audience (like the Kreg). We always assumed that there was some kind of patent thing going on, a la Fein. But here comes Porter-Cable with a really interesting looking system that looks like it should give the reigning champ a few good rounds in the ring.

In a nutshell (help, help, I'm in a nutshell!), pocket hole jigs create low angled, pre-drilled holes which allow for accurate and consistent 'toe-screwing.' That's really it. They're great for shelves, cabinet boxes, face-frames, etc. We've got the Kreg Master Kit and it really makes for a nice, tight (glue-free!) assembly. So on to the Porter-Cable...

One thing for certain is that, compared to the Kreg, this one looks com-pli-cated. It sort of looks like a cross between a microscope and a Pixar robot. But as it turns out, this added intensity is intended to make things easier. Unlike the Kreg, the Porter-Cable automatically sets the drilling angle based on the thickness of the wood. It's a clever idea and takes away the fussiness of having to deal with the knurled set screw of the Kreg. From the looks of it, the Porter-Cable is going to be quite a bit heavier (it's all metal...a good thing), but they were smart and made the foot plate 1-1/2" thick, so you can use a 2x4 to support your workpiece.

The QUIKJIG is going to be available later this year (September) and will have a retail of around $230. The price is definitely more than the Kreg (K3 Master Kit $140 at Amazon.com), but the 'auto-angle' aspect of the Porter-Cable might be enough to justify the added cost.

Press release after the jump...

TOWSON, Md. (Aug. 30, 2010) - PORTER-CABLE introduces the QUIKJIG Pocket Hole Joinery System (model 560), a heavy-duty bench-top tool solution that is revolutionizing pocket hole joinery. The new tool features an intuitive design that is easy to use and sets up quickly for accurate and repeatable results.

"Pocket holes are quickly becoming one of the most popular joinery methods in North America, as more woodworkers are discovering its advantages over plate jointers and biscuits," said Bill Fuchs, product manager for PORTER-CABLE. "Pocket hole joints are strong, don't require glue and can be disassembled, which are significant considerations with some of the most popular woodworking projects like cabinet face frames, picture frames and edge joining. We conducted three years of extensive user testing to ensure we delivered a tool that was easy to use and durable enough for active woodworkers."

One member of the test audience was woodworking personality, Scott Phillips. "I use this pocket jig all the time," said the distinguished celebrity woodworker. "It's precise and unbelievably easy to use. The name fits the bill."

The patent-pending auto-adjusting depth and thickness gauge is the secret to the new tool's outstanding performance. Unlike existing competitive models, woodworkers don't have to calculate drilling angles based on the material thickness. The QUIKJIG features an innovative "feeler" gauge that does this automatically, setting the drilling angle when the board is placed in the tool. "The woodworker simply sets a width stop, inserts and clamps the material in the jig and drills the hole. It's that simple," Fuchs said. Once the board has been inserted, a handy on board screw gauge indicates the proper length of screw to be used to help prevent breakthrough of the work piece.

The QUIKJIG is skillfully designed for today's shop environment. All metal construction minimizes deflection during use and increases the tool's durability compared to competitive models. An extra tall casting also offers exceptional material support for all types and sizes of wood. The 1 1/2-inch thick base casting is the same height as a 2-inch by 4-inch board, allowing easy outrigger support for longer material. A repeatable clamp handle enables fast and consistent clamping, even for material with varying thickness. The QUIKJIG is also outfitted with a pre-drilled base that enables easy mounting on a workbench or trouble-free clamping to virtually any table surface. The tool is also equipped with a rear-dust collection port for easy clean up. This dust port can be used with or without a vacuum and is removable.

The QUIKJIG Pocket Hole Joinery System includes multiple accessories, including one 6-inch square drive bit, one 3-inch square drive bit, one drill bit, and one drill bit depth collar, for a wide range of joinery projects. They are also conveniently stored on the tool. A 6-inch clamp for assistance when fastening boards together, a hex key for drill bit collar adjustments, and 100 screws round out this product's accessory list.

The new PORTER-CABLE QUIKJIG Pocket Hole Joinery System (model 560) is backed by a three-year limited warranty and includes one year of free service and a ninety-day money-back guarantee. The QUIKJIG will be available in September 2010 at specialty woodworking dealers and carry a suggested retail price of $230.

About DELTA | PORTER-CABLE

With a combined 195 years of woodworking expertise, DELTA | PORTER-CABLE designs and manufactures a robust line-up of portable, stationary and benchtop woodworking power tools, equipment and related accessories for professional woodworkers. The brand has a history of industry-changing innovation, introducing many of the world's first power tools, including the helical drive circular saw, hand-held belt sander, motorized miter saw, portable belt sander, and 10-inch tilting arbor saw. For more information, call 1-800-223-7278 for DELTA inquiries or 1-888-848-5175 for PORTER-CABLE. Follow DELTA | PORTER-CABLE on Facebook and Twitter.

Brief Summary
PORTER-CABLE introduces the QUIKJIGâ„¢ Pocket Hole Joinery System (model 560), a heavy-duty bench-top tool solution that is revolutionizing pocket hole joinery. The new tool features an intuitive design that is easy to use and sets up quickly for accurate and repeatable results. The patent-pending auto-adjusting depth and thickness gauge help set the drilling angle when the board is placed in the tool. Unlike existing competitive models, woodworkers don't have to calculate drilling angles based on the material thickness. The new PORTER-CABLE QUIKJIG (model 560) is backed by a three-year limited warranty and includes one year of free service and a ninety-day money-back guarantee. It will be available in September 2010 at specialty woodworking dealers for a suggested retail price of $230.

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Recent Comments

Well, yes and no. Yes, it looks more complicated. But no in that it figures the drilling angle for you. We're hoping to get our hands on one to test it out and compare it directly to the Kreg. We'll let you know what the final outcome is...


Posted by: Tool Snob at September 6, 2010 11:40 AM

It may be a great jig but they missed the cardinal rule of marketing.
K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid
Thats where Kreg shines.


Posted by: jobole at September 6, 2010 11:19 AM
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